When discussing challenges in tropical agriculture, is it actually
necessary to talk to researchers from the tropics? Birgit Zipf, second-year student reporter for the Tropentag 2014 conference, certainly believes so! She's tired of attending conferences where German, British, and American presenters are “talking about
the ‘others’” from developing regions, instead of inviting and “rather talking with
them.” But why is this distinction particularly important to Birgit?